At the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles, California, which coincidentally or ironically is happening the same week that Apple’s slated for its iPhone announcement, Adobe and Samsung are showing off Photoshop Touch, a more feature-rich Photoshop experience on a tablet, on a prototype Samsung slate. The slate that’s being used to showcase Photoshop Touch runs Android Honeycomb, it appears, and highlights a pressure-sensitive and pen-enabled touchscreen that will make it easy for users to draw and edit on the tablet.
Photoshop Touch will debut in November 2011 for Android tablets at $9.99, and will allow users to edit and manipulate photos easily while on the go. An iOS version of the app will be announced in early 2012. Adobe Photoshop Touch was created using Adobe Air. Adobe says that tablets are now reaching the computing power of computers just 5 years ago, and we can hopefully see more professional apps–like Photoshop–being ported to the mobile experience down the road.
According to Adobe, plug-ins for Photoshop will not be available at this time, but the company may be exploring the idea for the future for creative professionals who need for tools.
It’s unclear if the pressure-sensitive pen technology that’s being demoed on the Samsung tablet as part of the Photoshop Touch demo would apply to other tablets. For example, HTC currently offers the HTC Jetstream, the HTC Flyer, and the HTC EVO View 4G tablets with HTC Scribe and the HTC Magic Pen that can register hundreds of pen input pressure points. According to Droid-Life, the Samsung tablet may not make it into production and is being used as a proof-of-concept device at this time:
It was built specifically for their new pen technology that is pressure sensitive and allows you to draw, erase and choose colors in a jiff. In fact, we aren’t sure this model will ever make it to stores, but the idea of this type of pen experience on a tablet is intriguing.
As to the Photoshop Touch app itself, here’s what Droid-Life has to say about Adobe’s touch-enabled program for Android in their brief hands-on time with it:
As a piece of software that won’t be here for another month, it was very polished, easy to navigate, and powerful. While I am by no means a PS pro, I saw every tool, brush, and setting that gets me through my day.
We’re going to have to see if Samsung came up with their own proprietary solution or if the company had utilized a digitizer technology from Wacom or N-Trig, akin to what HTC and Lenovo are doing. Samsung’s been rumored to debut a Galaxy Tab with a pen for some time now.
Adobe Touch Apps Redefine Creative Software
Six New Tablet Apps Kick-Start Major Company Initiative: Adobe Creative Cloud
LOS ANGELES–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–At its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Touch Apps, a family of six, intuitive touch screen applications, designed for Android tablets and Apple iPad that enable anyone to explore ideas and present their creativity anytime, anywhere. Inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software, these stunning new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users. The apps address multiple areas of the creative process: image editing; ideation; sketching; mood boards; website and mobile app prototyping; and presenting finished work. They are headlined by Adobe Photoshop® Touch, a groundbreaking app that brings the legendary creative and image-editing power of Photoshop to tablet devices for the first time.
“With Adobe imaging magic coming to tablet devices, new apps like Photoshop Touch will open your mind about the potential of the touch interface for creativity and demonstrate that tablets are an essential part of anyone’s creative arsenal.”
Available soon as standalone apps, Adobe Touch Apps are essential components of Adobe Creative Cloud, a major new company initiative also announced today (see separate release). Adobe Creative Cloud will become a worldwide hub for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, find essential creative services, and share their best work. Files created via Adobe Touch Apps can be shared, viewed across devices or transferred into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement – key features of Adobe’s vision for the Creative Cloud. With stylus capabilities expected to become a key feature on some next generation tablets, Adobe Touch Apps are designed to work with both finger and stylus input.
“Adobe Touch Apps deliver high-impact creative expression to anyone who has a tablet,” said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer, Adobe. “With Adobe imaging magic coming to tablet devices, new apps like Photoshop Touch will open your mind about the potential of the touch interface for creativity and demonstrate that tablets are an essential part of anyone’s creative arsenal.”
Adobe Touch Apps Redefine Creative Software
Anticipating the way people are integrating tablets into their everyday lives, the new family of Adobe Touch Apps empowers users to create on tablet devices (see below for supported devices) freeing them from the desktop or laptop computer. The new Adobe Touch Apps include:
- Adobe Photoshop Touch lets users transform images with core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for tablets. With simple finger gestures, users can combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits and apply professional effects. The tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. Additionally, the app helps users quickly find images, share creations, and view comments through integration with Facebook and Google Search. Using the syncing capabilities that are a component of Adobe Creative Cloud, files can be opened in Adobe Photoshop.
- Adobe Collage helps creatives capture and refine ideas and concepts by allowing them to combine inspirational images, drawings, text and Creative Suite files into modern, conceptual mood boards. Features include importing of images, four customizable pen types for drawing, adding text, and applying color themes. A virtually unconstrained canvas grows as needed to accommodate more assets. Files can be shared or transferred for access in Adobe Photoshop.
- Adobe Debut allows users to present designs to clients and stakeholders virtually anywhere. Adobe Debut quickly opens tablet-compatible versions of Creative Suite files for convenient and beautiful viewing on the tablet, including Photoshop layers andIllustrator® art boards. Feedback is gathered using a markup pen tool to add notes and drawings on top of the work.
- Adobe Ideas is an easy-to-master, vector-based tool for drawing. By using a stylus or finger, strokes appear smooth at any zoom level. Starting with a blank canvas, users can choose color themes, and pull in tablet-compatible image files that can be controlled as separate layers. Finished results are easily accessed in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
- Adobe Kuler makes it easy to generate color themes that can inspire any design project. Color can be explored and discovered, with hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community. Social engagement in the community is enhanced by rating and commenting on themes, which can be exported as color swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.
Adobe Touch Apps build on the launch of Adobe Carousel, the only photography solution that gives access to your entire photo library across your tablets, smartphones and desktops — no storage issues, no manual syncing hassles. Enjoy all your photos anywhere you are, and make them look terrific using the same powerful photo-processing technology as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® software.
Pricing and Availability
Adobe Touch Apps will be available for Android devices in November 2011. Adobe expects to make an announcement regarding iOS availability in early 2012. Adobe Ideas is already available for the iPad. Introductory pricing is US$9.99 for each app. Access to the file viewing, sharing and transfer functionality of Adobe Creative Cloud is included in the price of each Adobe Touch App. Details regarding pricing of the Adobe Creative Cloud and its expanded capabilities around applications, services and community will be announced in November 2011.
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